My main love language would be acts of service. I thoroughly enjoy doing things for other people (I do struggle, however, sometimes with receiving this back). Especially food. I am a baker. I live in the kitchen. It is one of the main ways I express not only my creativity, but my love. Gifts are probably my last language. So when it comes time to celebrating birthdays or holidays or any special occasion, I either like to create an experience (take my nephews to a state park or have a Batman themed night) or like to bake or cook something.
Recently, my beautiful mother-in-law celebrated a big birthday. As Zach, Mary (my sister-in-law) and I brainstormed what to do, we just wanted to take care of her. To let her have a day. A day to relax. A day of fellowship. And good food. And rest. A day for and about Sharon, who has worked so hard to take care of everyone else, who usually cooks us dinner each Sunday. Who just does so much, and is such a beautiful soul and mother.
Zach set to mowing the yard. And getting at it with the weed eater, making it look perfect and beautiful. Meanwhile, Mary and I took off to the kitchen to prepare a delicious meal and a Boston cream pie (my first attempt ever). My favorite part of the dish, where these mashed sweet potatoes. Sharon had designated that there be chicken and sweet corn and some starch. Sweet potatoes were on hand and regular potatoes were there for Mary. Normally I just cube them, but something that Sunday told me to mash them. Sharon had mentioned she liked kale with her sweet potatoes, so why not put some crispy kale on top?
Such a good filling meal. Such a great day all together (the pack of dogs included) to celebrate.
Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Crispy Kale
- 2 large sweet potatoes
- 4 tbsp butter
- 2 tsp crushed rosemary
- Pinch of cinnamon
- 2 tsp minced garlic
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 cup kale, chopped
- 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
Let’s Make it Happen: Fill a large pot with water. Place on the stove at a high heat. Let it boil.
Peel sweet potatoes. Cut into large cubes, don’t worry about making them perfect you are just going to mash them. The smaller, though, the quicker they will cook.
Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350. Toss kale with olive oil, salt and pepper. Spread evenly onto a cookie sheet. Bake until crispy to touch.
Place in boiling water. Cook until tender. Strain. Place in a bowl with 2 tablespoons of butter, rosemary, cinnamon, garlic, salt and pepper. Use a hand masher and mix until smooth. Or you can use a food processor and blend it all for a super smooth finish. Place the additional butter on the top. Sprinkle on some kale. Eat and fully enjoy!!